Ireland 1775 1/2 penny

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Stack's Bowers November 2015 sale, lot 39269
photo courtesy Stacks Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 39269 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "IRELAND. 1/2 Penny, 1775. George III (1760-1820). PCGS MS-63 RB. Tied with two other examples at this grade with just one example certified finer (MS-66) at either NGC or PCGS. First year of issue for the type. Generous amounts of remaining red and smooth mark-free surfaces. Deep red and blue sheen across portions of the coin produce an additional delightful attribute." As the Royal Mint in London could not keep up with the demand for English coinage, it is not surprising that issues for Ireland are scanty and few. During George III's reign, half pennies were issued 1766, 1769 and 1775-82.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: S-6614; KM-140.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.

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